September 2019 - February 2020
 
Saturday 28th September
Introduction to Spider Identification and Ecology
Learn how to identify British spiders reliably and understand their role in the ecosystem. Spend time out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats. Guidance will be provided for those interested in becoming involved in spider recording and there will be opportunities to discuss their conservation.
Tutor: Steve Kirk
10.00am – 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 19th October
Small Mammal Survey Skills
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Learn how to survey for our smallest mammals using live, humane traps. Includes handling, sexing and identification, trap designs and mechanisms and principles of baiting and setting traps, surveying methods and legislation.
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
9.30am – 4.30pm
£30 per person. (Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course for £50).
 
Saturday 26th October
Fungi Ecology and Identification
Aimed at beginners, after a presentation to introduce this amazing life form, specimens will be looked at and discussed in the classroom. The course includes a foray in the park and the woods of two hours or more, depending on conditions and a chance to make a collection. Participants will have the opportunity to take digital photographs and notes as they are given insights into how to identify fungi as well as background information on their ecology, history, folklore and uses, including as food and medicine.
Tutor: Steve Kirk
10.00am – 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 2nd November
Kent Mammal Identification
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course.
Tutor: Hazel Ryan/Suzanne Kynaston
9.45am - 4.15pm
£30 per person (Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills course for £50).
 
Sunday 17th November
Linocut Printmaking
Get inspired by British wildlife this winter at Wildwood and produce your own handmade linocut prints, perfect to use as gifts or cards for Christmas!
After a walk around Wildwood for inspiration, you will be taken step-by-step through the process of linoprinting black and white designs. You will take home your linoprints and tips on continuing printing.
Tutor: Tina Hagger
10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £40 per person
 
Saturday 23rd November
Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying
In Partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
This course is for anyone wishing to participate in the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey. It will inform you about the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country. You will have the opportunity to examine a variety of harvest mouse nests and gain the practical surveying experience in the field needed for the survey.
Tutor: Steve Kirk
10.00am – 4.00pm
Free for survey volunteers
 
Sunday 24th November
Wildwood's Natural Skincare Lab
In this hands-on one day course, learn how to formulate your own medicinal balms, deodorants, scrubs and other natural skincare products. Find out about the detrimental impacts to health, wildlife and the environment from the plastic packaging and ingredients used in everyday skincare and personal care products.  Discuss how you can reduce the impact of your own routine and your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients.
You'll work with herbs, essential oils, nut oils, butters and a range of other natural ingredients to make your own products to take away with you, along with the formulations to get you started in setting up your very own skincare and cosmetics chemistry lab at home. Take home what you make as gifts or to pamper yourself.
Tutors: Donna Murphy and Helen Lynn
10.00am-3.00pm
£40 per person
 
Saturday 30th November
Rewilding 1: Big Grazers for Big Landscapes
The first of a series of four rewilding courses, examining the pros and cons of bringing back large herbivores and carnivores to modern Britain. This first course looks at the large herbivores which kick start landscape changes to benefit biodiversity, including primitive horses and bison, followed by a visit to the Blean
Keep an eye out for our third and fourth rewilding courses; Rewilding 3: Are we ready for Lynx? and Rewilding 4: Return of the Wolf.
Tutors: Anne Riddell and Vicki Breakell
10.00am – 4.30pm
Cost: £30 per person (Book together with Rewilding 2: Bringing Back the Beaver for £50).
 
Saturday 7th December
Festive Willow Wreaths
Use locally grown colourful willow and dogwood stems to make a re-usable wreath base then decorate it with natural materials, all sourced locally. Take it home to hang on your front door or as a table decoration.  Materials provided.
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
10.30am-1.00pm
£25 per person
 
Saturday 11th January
Small Mammal Survey Skills
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Learn how to survey for our smallest mammals using live, humane traps. Includes handling, sexing and identification, trap designs and mechanisms and principles of baiting and setting traps, surveying methods and legislation.
Tutor: Hazel Ryan/Suzanne Kynaston
9.30am – 4.30pm
£30 per person. (Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course for £50).
 
Saturday 18th January
Rewilding 2: Bringing Back the Beaver
The second of our rewilding-themed courses looks at the vital role of the beaver in reinstating wetlands and enhancing biodiversity. After briefly exploring the history of the beaver in Britain, we will look at its ecology, field signs and its work as a landscape architect and wetland engineer, as well as the pros and cons of reintroducing an animal that has been absent from Britain for over 400 years. The recent return of the beaver to Britain – in both authorised and unauthorised projects – will also be discussed, including a review of Kent Wildlife Trust’s Ham Fen project and the beaver’s recolonisation of the Kentish Stour. The course includes a guided tour of Ham Fen by Kent Wildlife Trust.
Keep an eye out for our third and fourth rewilding courses; Rewilding 3: Are we ready for Lynx? and Rewilding 4: Return of the Wolf.
Tutor: Anne Riddell
10.00am – 4.30pm
£30 per person. (Book together with Rewilding 1: Big Grazers for Big Landscapes for £50)
 
Saturday 25th January
Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying
In Partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
This course is for anyone wishing to participate in the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey. It will inform you about the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country. You will have the opportunity to examine a variety of harvest mouse nests and gain the practical surveying experience in the field needed for the survey.
Tutor: Steve Kirk
10.00am – 4.00pm
Free for survey volunteers
 
Saturday 8th February
Kent Mammal Identification
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston/Hazel Ryan
9.45am - 4.15pm
£30 per person (Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills course for £50).
 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult unless specified.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
 
HOW TO BOOK:
  • To book online visit our courses page at our secure online shop.
  • Please email courses@wildwoodtrust.org  or telephone 01227 711 471 for more information.
  • Booking is essential for all courses.